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Useful Links

Useful Links for the Dorset Area

College and school websites local to West Dorset and surrounding area


General career guidance websites (with lots of useful information)



Looking for an apprenticeship placement?

Or looking for employers to contact?         


Want to find out from people doing the job you like?


Not going to university?                          

Interested in the media industry (TV and film) and looking for career information and courses at all levels?


Not sure about Higher education and what it has to offer?

Open days:

For career information related to higher education and lots, lots more!

What if you want to know about universities from a student’s point of view? Have a look on these websites:

Worried about paying for higher education? Have a look on the following site to find out the latest:


Higher and Degree Apprenticeships:

You can explore vacancies, ideas and options on:


 General Links

National Careers services


Key higher education websites

  • www.prospects.ac.uk: career profiles, course outcomes, postgraduate courses, career information and a lot more…
  • www.direct.gov.uk: UK government website full of information on all aspects of society including education, finance and other aspects of officialdom.
  • www.disabilityrightsuk.org: lots of information for students with disabilities.


General Career Planning and Career Management


National student finance websites


Student finance (information and other funding options)


Applying to university


And the other way round… how to search for and apply for degree studies in Europe

Not strictly part of the remit of this website, but useful nonetheless…

  • www.eunicas.ie: and Irish website for study in different countries in Europe; will work just as well for UK students


Course searching for Postgraduate applicants


University guides and league tables


If you decide not to go to university:


For studentships:

  • Jobs.ac.uk: THE jobsite for both jobs and studentships with UK universities nationwide.
  • The Open University: also publicses studentships on its own website, just like all other universities.
  • Postgraduate Studentships: where studentships and funding meet according to the website… they may be right.
  • Findaphd: another part of the same website on Masters courses above.


For internships, work experience and placement opportunities

  • www.studentjob.co.uk: internships in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Austria.
  • CareerJet: huge selection of opportunities in one place, sourced from different websites
  • www.activate.co.uk: from pre-university gap year jobs to part time jobs, summer jobs, work placements and graduate jobs
  • www.eurograduate.com: jobs for graduates, working abroad and good general advice about working in different countries
  • www.milkround.com: internships, jobs and much more…
  • www.etrust.org.uk: a year in industry opportunities and vacancies; post 18
  • www.goinglobal.com: for international careers, placements and internships
  • www.bbc.co.uk: work experience opportunities with the world famous BBC



English language tests:
  • www.naric.org.uk: website for providing official comparison of international courses with UK equivalents. Important if you need to prove what your course studied abroad is worth.


Career Gateways (career search, course search etc…)

  • www.prospects.ac.uk: Excellent website linked to everything careers and higher education. Postgraduate as well as undergraduate.
  • www.careersa-z.co.uk: exactly what it says. An A-Z of careers including courses and other links
  • www.careers-gateway.co.uk: general careers gateway with information on a large range of career options.
  • www.ucas.com: the website for searching for undergraduate courses and for applying for undergraduate degrees.
  • coursefindr.co.uk/: course search and course matching website from Morrisby.
  • www.universityoptions.co.uk: general gateway with lots of links, especially engineering.
  • www.biosciencecareers.org: career information for biosciences.


Career Profiling sites

  • www.fasttomato.com: You have to register but it’s free for a short while. Very useful for providing a starting point if you are not sure what career to aim for.
  • www.careerscape.co.uk: Excellent career profiling site with free trial. Normally a paid product.


Labour market information

  • www.prospects.ac.uk: . You can also find a series of tools and information here.
  • www.hecsu.ac.uk: containing papers on the labour market and other publications.
  • most university websites and university career services will have a section on labour market information. These may offer more local labour market information for the area the university is located in, as well as national and international labour market information.
  • www.statistics.gov.uk: a government website with a range of statistics, including those for the labour market.
  • www.nomisweb.co.uk: labour market informatioin from a range of official sources.
  • www.vitae.ac.uk: labour market and career information for researchers.




Search for employers

  • www.yell.com: employers nationally and locally with handy interactive map
  • www.192.com: find employer nationally and locally


Travelling within the UK


Living costs